As we wrap up our sermon series "Love Where You Live," Pastor Keith encourages us to progress through these four stages of Jesus' invitation to us: come and see, come and follow Me, come and be with Me, and come and remain in Me. We can also follow the spirit of this model in our Family Groups as we build relationship with each other.
In part 6 of our sermon series Love Where You Live, Paul shares about the ministry of reconciliation and the importance of multiplication. "Come and see."
We're called to have help and to a be a help. This is the heart of discipleship and unity. When we carry one another's burdens, we fulfill the law of love. When we come together, healing takes place in our lives. We gain hope just by hearing each other talk. Conversations start where restoration begins to happen.
God has perfect community within the Trinity. We're created in His image. We're designed for community. It isn't good for man to be alone. It's important to pursue edifying relationships. Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Greeting one another with a holy kiss, being kindly affectionate to one another, preferring one another above ourselves, showing hospitality to strangers -- what do these have in common? We are called to love each other with the kind of love parents have for their children, the closest to unconditional love we can get.
In Exodus 18 we find Moses handling all the affairs of Israel single-handedly. His father-in-law Jethro advises him to delegate the responsibility of leadership to capable men of integrity. Listen to this week's sermon to learn why this is an important lesson for leadership within the church and how it applies to Family Groups and discipleship.
In our new sermon series, Love Where You Live, find out how we have the opportunity at FBC to grow in love, unity, and discipleship through our Family Groups.